ArtBeat: What To See
A Cold Hole + Assembled Audience @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. In these two new installation-based commissions, artist Taryn Simon activates the rituals of applause and the cold water plunge, examining individuals’ campaigns for public admiration, the status of physical community spaces in the digital age, and our persistent desire for a quick fix. In the first installation, participants jump into icy water while visitors in an adjacent gallery watch through a cinemascopic aperture. Members opening reception: Saturday, May 26, 5:30pm.
The Unimportance of Time @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. This exhibition, celebrating the gallery’s 17th diversionary, includes works by Latino artists Roxanna Melendez, Jaime Suarez, Kathy Vargas and Alexis Mendoza as well as regional artists George Hofmann, Gary Masline, Tina Lincer, George Simmons, Grace Tatara and Willie Marlowe. Opening reception: Friday, May 25, 5:30-8pm. (Through August 13)
The Fence Show @ The Arts Center, Troy. The salon-style (floor to ceiling) exhibition of over 400 pieces by members of the Arts Center. Opening reception and awards ceremony: Friday, May 25, 6pm.
Gerald Sheffield: pride @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Gerald Sheffield draws propositional interventions between ancient and contemporary history as a tool to provoke skepticism of the hierarchical forms, shapes and language embedded in western hegemony. Opening reception: Thursday, May 24,5-7pm. (Through June 22)
No Home Go Home / Go Home No Home @ Mateawan Gallery, Beacon. Kazumi Tanaka’s drawings of memories of her childhood, made with tea on paper. Opening reception: Saturday, May 26, 6-8pm. (Through July 8)
Clintel Steed @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Paintings by Clintel Steed in the main gallery. Also on display: sculpture by Leonid Lerman and paintings by Jane Culp, Alix Gailey and Margaret Grimes. Opening reception: Saturday, May 26, 6-8pm. (Through June 17)
Woodlands and Wetlands @ Spencertown Academy Gallery, Spencertown. An exhibition that pays homage to plants, animals and water, with works by Jacqueline Altman, James Coe, George Dirolf, Ellen Jouret-Epstein, Roger McKee and Burdette Parks. Opening reception: Saturday, May 26, 4-6pm. (Through June 17)
Discolations: Artists Respond to Mass Incarceration @ Collar Works, Troy. A multimedia exhibition and event series that aims to explore carceral systems through creative initiatives and more direct conversations, showcasing artists’ work that are created in collaboration with and by the incarcerated. Exhibiting artists: Alison Cornyn, Patrick Kiley, Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, Melissa Sarris and Beth Thielen. Opening reception: Friday, May 25, 5-8pm. (Through June 8)
[R]EVOLUTION IS UNCOMFORTABLE @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. A visual installation by JD Urban featuring candid conversations with citizens about how their personal experiences have shaped their political beliefs. Opening reception: Saturday, May 26, 5-8pm. (Through June 24)
Thomas Nozkowski @ Art Omi, Ghent. Abstract paintings by Thomas Nozkowski in the Benenson Visitors Center. Opening reception: Saturday, May 26, 1-3pm. (Through September 4)
Warhol: Unidentified @ CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition of 83 photographs by Andy Warhol whose subjects are currently unidentified. These photographs were gifted to CCS Bard in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program which donated over 28,500 of his photographs to educational institutions across the United States. This exhibition is part of Warhol x 5, a collaboration of five university art museums that have coordinated to present complimentary exhibitions centered around these donations: the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; the University Art Museum at the University at Albany; the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. (Through May 27)
Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An exhibition of works by the #1 New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, known for his images of such fantasy creatures as fairies, trolls, sprites and goblins. (Through May 28)
Flat Broke @ 46 Green Street Studios, Hudson. Works by Stacy Petty. (Through May 29)
Downtown is Pawsome Garden Party @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. Celebrating a local landmark and American icon, regional artists have customized twenty 3-foot-tall sculptures of Albany’s famous canine resident Nipper. The painted pups will grace various locations in downtown Albany throughout the next year. Proceeds from the Garden Party will benefit programs of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, as well as the continued revitalization of downtown Albany. (Through May 31)
Art Biologic @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A large group show in a variety of media examining organic forms. (Through June 2)
Michael Lokengaard: Knots and Flowers @ Wired Gallery, High Falls. A solo show by the Bloomington-based artists featuring his paintings on floral compositions as well as his more recent knot paintings and etchings. (Through June 3)
Tranquility @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Works by JoAnn Axford, Jeri Eisenberg and Leslie Parke. (Through June 3)
The Aspect of the Object @ The Old Chatham Country Store, Old Chatham. Catskill-based artist and curator Richard Saja took the Shaker Museum’s newly digitized collection photographs and reinterpreted them into playful new photographic images, which he calls digital quilts. (Through June 5)
Rest Area @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. A solo exhibition of photographs by Rob O’Neil that examines the unexpected beauty found at rest stops throughout the country. (Through June 8)
The Bower Bir-d @ Green County Council on the Arts, Catskill. This retrospective of works by the late Norman Hasselriis includes dozens of his whimsical and exuberant assemblages as well as his prints, photographs and a 30-minute documentary about his process. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to view and purchase these collector’s items before his studio in Oak Hill is turned into a museum. (Through June 9)
In the Garden: Public, Private, Spiritual @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Two solo photographic exhibitions: Vaughn Sills: Places for the Spirit – Traditional African American Gardens of the South and Sarah Sterling: Cultivated Chaos. Also on display are portfolio showcases by Laurie Blakeslee and Lisa Redburn. (Through June 10)
Domestication @ Sohn Fine Art, Lenox. A group show featuring works by George Cavalletto, Susan Copich, Hildy Pincus Kronen, Anne Mourier, Roberta Trentin and Bill Wright. (Through June 10)
Ebb & Flow @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A collection of abstract works by Shawn Snow, Anne Francey, Allyson Levy, Ragellah Rourke, Bruce Murphy, Vince Vella and Gary Buckendorf that embodies the tensions present in the natural rhythm of life. (Through June 10)
Disruption. The Exhibition. @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. Works by Verónica G Cárdenas, Orestes González, Kris Graves, GD McClintock and Griselda San Martín. Using a broad variety of narrative styles, these five photography-based artists expand their interpretations of the word “disruption” to show how the word manifests itself in the social, political and economic world we live in. (Through June 10)
Probability & Uncertainty @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. This exhibition will feature over thirty historic, scientific instruments from the Union College Permanent Collection, juxtaposed with six contemporary female artists working with scientific themes: Aimée Burg, Nettrice Gaskins, Jessie Henson, Carter Hodgkin, Kirsten Kay Thoen and Audrey Wilson. See the website for more events. (Through June 17)
LGBTQ @ Union, 2018: We Are ALL Union @ Wikoff Student Gallery, Schenectady. Work in drawing, painting, illustration, photography, digital art, poetry, and film by current Union College students, alumni and professors. (Through June 18)
Willard Boepple @ Cynthia Reeves Gallery, North Adams. New work by Willard Boepple, featuring monoprints and three-dimensional forms, both large and small scale. (Through June 23)
Heroic Faces @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. A solo exhibition of works by Adam Brent that includes sculpture and paintings employing colors and patterns inspired by mid 20th century classic porcelain figurines and a palette derived from a range of every day linoleum tile. (Through June 24)
Mystical Mexico Mixed Media @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Abstract mixed-media works by Dr. Michael McManmon, founder of the College Internship Program (CIP), and also an artist, international speaker and writer. (Through June 26)
Rockwell Kent @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Complementary exhibitions celebrate Rockwell Kent (1882 – 1971), the American painter, printer, and illustrator, who settled in the Adirondacks in 1928. He painted many of his works in his Adirondack studio based on drawings, sketches, and notes taken during extensive travels to Greenland, Alaska, Ireland, and other extreme locations. In addition, Curator Caroline Welsh has drawn together paintings from North Country collections, some seldom seen publicly. Opens Sunday, April 8. (Through July 22)
Directions @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. A solo exhibit by ceramic artist Sergei Isupov (Through July 22)
Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of artworks from the last four decades to demonstrate the breadth and continuity of Dona Nelson’s influential painting career. (Through August 12)
Concinnitas Portfolio @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. A portfolio of ten fine art aquatint prints featuring equations, expressions or formulas transcribed by ten notable mathematicians and physicists, in response to the prompt to record their ‘most beautiful mathematical expression.’ Each image was hand-drawn by each of the following participants: Sir Michael Atiyah, Enrico Bombieri, Simon K. Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Richard Karp, Peter Lax, David Mumford, Stephen Smale and Steven Weinberg. (Through August 31)
Anything But Simple: Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. The Museum exhibits its rare and surprisingly ornate Shaker “gift” or “spirit” drawings for the first time in decades. (Through September 3)
Liz Glynn: The Archaeology of Another Possible Future @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Los Angeles-based Liz Glynn will present her largest and most ambitious project to date in Building 5, MASS MoCA’s largest gallery — a sprawling multi-sensory sculptural experience of sight, sensation, sound, and scent stretching nearly a football field in length. The exhibition expands Glynn’s interest in the rise and fall of empires, labor, and shifting cultural values, in order to speculate upon our uncertain future. (Through Labor Day 2018)
Travelogue @ The School, Kinderhook. A survey exhibition of works by Radcliffe Bailey that incorporate found objects and photographs into textured compositions that address history, ancestry, migration and collective memory. Also on display are solo exhibitions by Nina Chanel Abney, Shimon Attie, Math Bass, Valérie Blass, Vibha Galhotra, Brad Kahlhamer, Margaret Kilgallen, Lyne Lapointe, Gordon Parks and Leslie Wayne. (Through October 6)
Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Lithographs @ Bershire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge. This first major exhibition in the Garden’s Center House Leonhardt Galleries features Ellsworth Kelly’s iconic plant lithographs, created during his stay in southern France between late 1964 and the summer of 1965. (Through October 8)
RAWR! A WCMA Bestiary @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibit that considers how art has helped to create arbitrary distinctions between the human and the animal, with works from WCMA’s encyclopedic collection exploring the representation of animals in art and artifacts across time and across the globe. (Through October 31)
Pitch @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Allison Janae Hamilton’s photographs, videos, sculptures and installations feature environments familiar to the north Florida and Tennessee landscapes that are home to her family.
The Lure of the Dark @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Over a dozen contemporary artists, including Patrick Bermingham, William Binnie, Cynthia Daignault, TM Davy, Jeronimo Elespe, Cy Gavin, Shara Hughes, Josephine Halvorson, Sam McKinniss, Wilhelm Neusser, Dana Powell, Kenny Rivero and Alexandria Smith, illustrate the ways in which the hours of darkness continue to provoke the contemporary imagination.
Natasha Bowdoin: Maneater @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Houston, TX-based artist Natasha Bowdoin builds wall-works with words. In her largest-ever cut paper and collage installation, she investigates the intersections of the visual, the experiential, and the literary, treating language and nature as kindred phenomena.
Rachel Howard: Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian) @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. In her first U.S. solo museum show, London-based painter Rachel Howard examines human cruelty; the work’s title references both C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Bertrand Russell’s “Why I am not a Christian,” texts which argue respectively for and against adherence to Christianity.